Corinne B. Liegel, May 11, 1956 - November 30, 2017

Corinne B. Liegel
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Corinne Buckley Liegel, 61, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly the morning of November 30th at her home in Eau Claire. Corinne was born May 11th, 1956 in Spencer, Iowa to John Buckley and Yvonne Wakeman. On June 24, 1989 she married Mark Liegel of Loganville, WI and shortly thereafter welcomed her two boys, Jeff and Joe, into this world. 

She is survived by her husband, Mark Liegel, her sons, Jeff and Joe Liegel, her mother, Yvonne Wakeman, her sisters, Jane Randolph and Jody Lunning, her brothers, John and Blair Buckley, her grandson, Connor Liegel, 38 nieces and nephews, and countless other friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her father John Buckley and her brother Jeff Buckley. 

Corinne graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and started her professional career as a Social Worker in Eau Claire County. She spent 24 years passionately protecting the children of Eau Claire County in Child Protective Services. She then transitioned to working with adults with disabilities in Eau Claire County where she spent the remainder of her 39 year career. Corinne was an absolute joy to be around and brought a consistent, spunky energy to all she worked with and for. Her love, compassion, diligence, and organization were reflected in all facets of her life, but made a particularly remarkable difference in thousands of child and young adult lives in the community. 

Corinne was a long-time member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eau Claire where she loved singing in the church choir. As her passion for choral music grew, she later joined the Master Singers of Eau Claire and traveled with the group to many performances, including one in Washington D.C. She had an intense love for music which she instilled in her boys from a young age. 

In addition to being ever present in the community, Corinne was also a rock in her family. She was an amazing wife and mother, often putting others before herself. She truly lived the golden rule every day and always told her boys that was extremely important in life. Aside from being a mother to her two boys, she was also a “Tennis Mom”, “Church mom”, and a “Herd Mom” to her children’s friends, many of whom affectionately called her “Momma Liegel”. As her boys grew older and left the house, she always made sure that after every family get together they knew she loved them “with all her heart and soul”. That was just the kind of person she was. 

As a young mother, Corinne bonded with a group of women and built lifelong friendships. During their frequent wilderness retreats, she became affectionately known as “Fire Woman” for her uncanny ability to start a fire in all circumstances. She passed down her passion for nature’s beauty via many camping trips to her two boys and always enjoyed it with friends as well. As a dear friend, she provided love, laughter, and wisdom that will be missed and cherished by many. 

Mom, the world is a lesser place without you in it. We will always miss you and love you with all our heart and soul! 

Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 Broadway Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703 with the Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place at the church on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 4-7:30 pm and again at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Private family committal services will take place at a later time in the First Congregational UCC Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Corinne's name to First Congregational UCC, Beacon House, Feed My People or a charity or organization of the donor's choice.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.comHulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Mike & Kellie Paulus December 7, 2017

    Mark and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please know we are thinking about you !

  2. Scott and Melissa Wilson December 6, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear about Corinne. Our hearts ache for all of you. Although we lost touch after the move, we will not forget our time spent with our dear neighbor and friend and the outings we shared with our boys. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

  3. Dan and Mary Burns December 5, 2017

    Dear Mark, Jeff and Joe,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Corrine was a truly amazing woman and we were so happy to have known her. We have fond memories of our times together at UCC. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan and Mary Burns

  4. H Eubanks December 5, 2017

    My deepest condolences on your loss. May fond memories of Corinne bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before she passed away. My hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. God has promised us that we will soon be reunited with our loved ones. “There is going to be a resurrection,” the Bible confirms at Acts 24:15. “Do not be amazed at this,” Jesus assures us, “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)

  5. Tim Reynolds December 5, 2017

    Dear Mark and family,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God and the love of friends and family comfort you.

  6. Nick Liegel December 4, 2017

    Mark & Family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time.

    Nick Liegel

  7. Anne Bowar Draeger December 4, 2017

    Dear Mark,
    Gregg and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you and all who loved Corrine. I pass along to you this favorite passage:
    29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
    We cannot take this burden from you but we can lighten it through our love and prayers.

  8. Tim & Brenda Mathews December 4, 2017

    Mark and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We watched the video - what great memories you have of Corinne. Tim and Brenda Mathews

  9. CAMERON WALSH December 4, 2017

    Mark, Jeff and Joe, we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of a good wife and a good mother. Just know we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    Cam, Tammy, Dalton and Haydn Walsh

  10. Sandra Walsh December 4, 2017

    To Mark and family,

    Words can't express my shock and sadness for your loss. We often wonder why....there is no reason, I guess. We just have to know she's in a place where her soul can always carry on doing the things she loved. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief and loss.

  11. Joe Luginbill December 4, 2017

    Many of us were honored to work with Corinne - she was a lifelong advocate for children & families. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Gayla Harder December 4, 2017

    Mark, Jeff, Joey and family,
    There are no words that can begin to express how deeply saddened I am for your loss. Keeping you close in thought and prayers -Our deepest sympathy to you all . 'The loss is immeasurable, but so is the Love left behind'

    With Love
    Gayla Harder

  13. Christy VanCamp December 4, 2017

    I am sadden by the loss of a great advocate for all she believed in. My sympathy to her husband, children and close friends. I truly loved working with Corinne while employed at Lutheran Social Services 2003-2012. She was such a positive person, sharing her wonderful philosophy, and her big smile. The world will feel her loss. RIP Corinne and may we meet on the flip side. May your Angel wings sore you to places beyond the rainbow.

  14. Pam Noskowiak December 4, 2017

    Joe and Jeff I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. My heart breaks for you. Your Mom was such a joy to be around. I enjoyed the many Boy Scout activities we did together. Her memory will live on in your hearts forever. I hope you can find some peace during this difficult time.

  15. Duane and Vicki Olson December 3, 2017

    Dear Mark and family,
    Wish there were words to say to you to ease the ache in your heart...We are sending a hug and our love.
    Take care,
    Duane and Vicki

  16. Joe DeMarco December 2, 2017

    Dear Yvonne, Jane, Jody, Buck and Blair,
    I am so sorry to hear about Corinne's passing. I know you will all miss her dearly. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and have been so over the years.

    To Mark and family, my condolences to you for the loss of your wife and mother. She was truly a wonderful person who left the world a better place for her being here.
    Joe DeMarco

  17. Dave and Alice Dischler December 2, 2017

    Mark and Family, We send our love and deepest sympathy. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying that God will give you the strength to understand.

    Love you, Alice and Dave

  18. John and Gloria Pletzer December 2, 2017

    Mark and Family,
    We were truly saddened to learn of Corinne's passing. May God, family, and friends give you strength and peace in the days ahead.

  19. Stanley Rieder December 2, 2017

    So sorry for your loss, Mark. My prayers are with you and your family. May God grant you strength with his hands on your shoulder.

    Stan R

  20. Mike and Kathy Johnson December 2, 2017

    So much to say when you’ve known someone since childhood. All the great games of kickball at the Buckley’s (Right Jody!

  21. Sheila Malec December 1, 2017

    May your memories of this wonderful lady get you through this time. God bless you.

  22. Marileah McCarty December 1, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I knew Corinne while growing up with her and her family in Roseville, MN.
    Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort.
    Someone as special as Corinne will never be forgotten. She will remain in our hearts forever.

    My deepest sympathy.
    Marileah McCarty

  23. Marv & Kath Ruhland December 1, 2017

    May God wrap His arms around you, Mark, and your family and give you strength and peace at this very sad time.

  24. Michael McCarty December 1, 2017

    I was so saddened to learn of this news. Corrine was a neighbor and friend when we were young. She was so very special in many many ways. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

  25. Jim & Cindy Liegel December 1, 2017


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jim & Cindy

  26. Arline & Joe Hess December 1, 2017

    Dear Mark & Family ~ we're so deeply sorry to hear about Corinne's passing. We know your hearts are broken in two, and our hearts break because of your pain. Wish there was something we could do to help ease that pain, but we'll pray for strength for all of you for now and in the days ahead. God bless you and take special care of you. Love you so much! Arline & Joe xo

  27. Jeanne and Forrest Nutter December 1, 2017

    I have known Corinne since coming to Eau Claire in 1981. She welcomed this Madison hippie into her heart almost immediately. Corinne was there for me and all of her friends as we navigated through life together. We all laughed and cried and dreamed and played and learned and worked and sang and prayed together. Corinne was a teacher, a healer, a leader. a loving mother and grandmother. A life partner to Mark. She left her fingerprints on all of our lives. We are all better for having shared our time together and I will forever keep her in my prayers and thoughts are now with her family now as they continue their journey in life with Corinne in their hearts.

  28. Carl Bahnson December 1, 2017

    Corrine was a credit to the social work profession. None better. Positively impacted everyone she came in contact with whether client, fellow Co-workers, friends, and most importantly her family. God speed Corrine.

  29. Karla and Bernie Hoefgen December 1, 2017

    We have known Corinne since she lived with us a short time as a UW-EC student. It was such a good decision to have her live with us. She was a wonderful role model for our 2 and 5 year old daughters and a good friend to us. We are very sad.

  30. Sue Brown December 1, 2017

    My heart has been broken. She was an incredibly dear friend of mine since 1980. I will miss her so much. Wishing strength and peace to all of her family, especially Mark, Jeff, and Joe.